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Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10:39 AM
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is congratulated by fellow politicians after his election as House Speaker on Thursday.
WASHINGTON — The House voted Rep. Paul Ryan in as Speaker Thursday morning, making him the youngest person since right after the Civil War to ascend to Congress’s most powerful position.
Ryan of Wisconsin won the support of the full House Thursday morning, with few GOP defections.
He has telegraphed that he plans to try to end the recriminations between establishment Republicans and hardline conservatives by pushing for a return to “regular order” where committee chairmen have more power.
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bows his head in prayer at the start the election for the new Speaker.
“This begins a new day in the House of Representatives,” Ryan said in a Wednesday presser after he was officially nominated by the GOP, predicting an end to the acrimony and infighting that have paralyzed House Republicans since they retook control of the House in 2010.
“Tomorrow, we are turning the page. We’re not going to have a House that looks like it did the last two years. We are going to move forward, we are going to unify.”
Outgoing Speaker John Boehner gave Ryan a big parting gift this week, delivering a bipartisan budget compromise that raises the debt ceiling and funds the government through 2017.
Conservatives are howling about the deal, which passed the House on Wednesday, but have been mostly unwilling to blame Ryan. The deal means he isn’t facing an immediate crises as he establishes himself in the Speaker’s chair.
The Wisconsin Republican had to be cajoled into the race — he initially refused to run, even after conservatives rebelled against anointing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to the slot.
But after intense pressure from establishment Republicans including Boehner — and lengthy conversations with the conservatives who helped fell first Boehner then McCarthy — he relented.